A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at 2:46 p.m. on Friday, and a series of aftershocks have since followed. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that the initial earthquake measured 8.8 on the Richter scale, while the U.S. Geographical Survey listed the earthquake’s magnitude at 8.9. Tsunami waves have already hit Miyagi and other northeastern prefectures, and tsunami warnings have been issued for much of the Pacific Rim.
The following events have been cancelled in the aftermath of the earthquake:
Friday, March 11
Tokyo – Ikebukuro: Makoto Shinkai Special Night (announcement)
Tokyo – Shibuya: Hiroyuki Imaishi Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Signing (announcement)
Tokyo: Dragon Nest Event (announcement)
Tokyo: Battle Spirits Event (announcement)
Saturday, March 12
Tokyo Big Sight: Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai 8 (announcement)
Tokyo – Mikata: Ghibli Museum will be closed March 12-14 and is offering a ticket changes or refunds for pre-purchased tickets for those dates (announcement)
Yokohama: Suite Precure Theme Song CD Mini-Concert (announcement)
Tokyo – Roppongi: 7th Media Arts Open Talk (announcement)
Tokyo – Shinjuku: Gekijō-ban Anime Nintama Rantaro Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudō! no Dan Opening Day Greeting (announcement)
Tokyo: Neo Romance Festa (announcement)
Tokyo: Haruka Shimotsuki Album “Hoshizora Ensemble” Promotion Event (announcement)
Tokyo: Hetalia Cinema Live Event (announcement)
Tokyo: Minori Chihara “Defection” Concert (announcement)
Tokyo: Hideki Ogihara‘s “~It’s mine at midnight~” Live Event (To be rescheduled) (announcement)
A&G Event (announcement)
Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13
Hakone: Evangelion x Hakone-machi x Toyota Electric Power Instrumentality Project (announcement)
Tokyo – Akihabara: eb! Fes 2011 ~10-Shūnen Kansha Sai (announcement)
Tokyo: Steins;Gate Event (announcement)
Yu Kobayashi Bus Tour (announcement)
Sunday, March 13
Tokyo Big Sight: Geisai#15 (delayed to a later date)
Tochigi: Tochi-Tele Anime Festa! (announcement)
Tokyo: G Festival x Emotion Festival 2011 (announcement)
Tokyo – Akihabara: Pedestrians’ Paradise (announcement)
Tokyo: Nana Inoue Live Event (announcement)
Okinawa: Tokyo Girls Concert in Okinawa (featuring Anna Tsuchiya – announcement)
Tokyo – Musishino City: Mamoru Miyano – Mamoru Miyano – 戯伝写楽-その男、十郎兵衛- (Name announcement)
The broadcasts of several anime programs are being or will be pre-empted by news coverage of the earthquake. Metal Gear Solid Online and other online games are temporarily going offline due to power shortage.
Update: More events cancelled.
Update 2: More events cancelled.
Update 3: More events cancelled. [Via Tadashi Sudo]
Update 4: Fixed Dragon Nest and Battle Spirits links, updated Ghibli Museum information.
Source from ANN